Regulatory Advocacy

Peter Kinder visits with HBA Members

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder visited with HBA members this week. During this visit, Lt. Governor Kinder, who is currently campaigning to become the Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri,  summarized what he has accomplished during his political career. In addition, he laid out some of his goals and how they would affect the housing industry, should he ... Read More

Home Fire Sprinkler Summit - March 23rd

The City of Springfield Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition have partnered together to host the Home Fire Sprinkler Summit on March 23rd at the Springfield Police & Fire Training Center (see images below for details). All HBA members are invited to attend this educational opportunity at no charge. The event is scheduled ... Read More

VOTE on April 7th, 2015 - Average Voter Turnout 9-15%

Once again another election is upon us. With the average turnout for municipal elections between 9%-15%, it seems that most voters don’t care. Unfortunately, that is the wrong attitude. In fact, local officials have more impact on your daily lives than you might realize. They determine regulations for business, ordinances that govern its citizens, and ... Read More

City of Republic Requires Proof of Sprinkler Offer

As area jurisdictions adopt the 2012 International Residential Codes, they must comply with state law prohibiting inclusion of the code's residential fire sprinkler mandate. Missouri Senate Bill 108, which passed in 2011, extended the prohibition of mandatory residential fire sprinklers through 2019 and also continues to require builders of one- and two-family dwellings to offer ... Read More

Greene County Posts Public Hearings for 2012 Code Adoption

Throughout 2012, your Regulatory Advocacy Committee has been meeting with code officials throughout the region regarding adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code. One of our top priorities has been discussion regarding the cost effectiveness of the new energy chapter requirements of the 2012 IRC. Many jurisdictions have been very responsive to amending out the ... Read More

Greene County Seeks Builder Feedback on Road Access Policy

The HBA's Regulatory Advocacy Committee recently met with the City of Springfield, City Utilities and Greene County to discuss code adoption, building regulations and other emerging issues and updates. The City of Springfield provided updates regarding its progress with the electronic plan submission system, e-plans , the availability of recycled water from the city, the establishment of ... Read More

Regulatory Watch: Springfield’s E-Verify Mandate No Longer In Place

The City of Springfield has reached an agreement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the City’s controversial E-Verify ordinance approved by voters in February. It essentially nullifies the mandate requiring all employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring. The plaintiffs contended that the ordinance, proposed by the Ozarks Minutemen and passed by initiative ... Read More